Selling like hot cakes for cancer charity

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Students from the Hospitality and Catering Academy at East Berkshire College in Langley put their skills to good use on Thursday (24 March) with a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Selling hot drinks and an array of handmade cakes and biscuits to staff and fellow students, the catering students raised over £200 for the charity.

All of the delicious cakes and biscuits, which included Victoria sponges, Easter themed cupcakes, scones and shortbread, were baked and decorated by the college’s talented Level 3 Hospitality and Catering students. Visitors flocked to the coffee morning, which was held at the College’s Zest restaurant, to try the tempting treats and support the cause.

Level 3 Professional Cookery student Jenna Driver was in charge of the event, and ran the coffee morning as part of the Business Enterprise unit of her course, where students are encouraged to plan and put on a hospitality event.

“I chose to support Macmillan because my Grandma passed away in October due to cancer and Macmillan really helped to support my Grandparents through the whole ordeal,” Jenna explains. “I chose to do a coffee morning because it’s a good excuse to bring people together.”

“The event went really well, there were loads of people,” said Jenna. “I didn’t think there would be this many.”

Visitors were able to enjoy their cakes in the stunning surroundings of the Zest restaurant, which provides a real work environment for the college’s hospitality and catering students. The Zest restaurant is open to the public and provides a range of delicious seasonal dishes, at competitive prices. All of the high quality dishes are cooked and served by the talented students, under the supervision of industry-trained staff.

The Zest restaurant is part of East Berkshire College’s Hospitality and Catering Academy in Langley. The academy works in partnership with patrons from some of the most prestigious restaurants, contract caterers and hotels within the region, to provide students with the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business.

From professional cookery and food hygiene to front of house service, the academy offers an array of full-time and part-time courses, including apprenticeships. The College also delivers a range of short courses including wine tasting, Italian cookery and cake decorating.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Hospitality and Catering courses, please call 01753 793000 or click here.

Zest is open for lunch on Tuesday to Thursday from 12-2pm. Dinner is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30-8pm. To book a table, please call 01753 793344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For menus, theme nights and more information, please click here.

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